Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Solid Energy inquiry veto an insult to public

Clayton
COSGROVE
SOE Spokesperson
21 March 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
Solid Energy inquiry veto an insult to public

National’s decision to rule out a select committee inquiry into the collapse of Solid Energy is an insult to New Zealanders, especially the current and former workers at the company who deserve answers, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.

“National party toadies have today voted down my proposed select committee inquiry into the huge failings of Solid Energy. John Key said he didn’t want one and his lackeys have toed the line. They don’t want one because the finger of blame would point to the Beehive.

“This is a slap in the face to taxpayers who will have to fork out $389 million to get this company back on its feet. It is a huge insult to the hundreds of workers and their families who have lost their jobs and had their lives ruined by the collapse of this company.

“National seems to think the public has enough information to make up its mind. But the only information we have is an annual report and three hours of select committee testimony, much of which was deliberate obfuscation.

“There are major questions that remain unanswered.

• Why was the Government asleep at the wheel?
• Where was the oversight that an SOE requires?
• Why was the Government oversight of the Board so lax?
• Why was there no intervention in this company when ministers knew things were going wrong as early as 2009?
• What impact did the Government’s demands for more gearing and dividends have?
• Why did senior management make decisions that were not in the best interests of the company and its employees?

“The Government has ducked for cover and Solid Energy has treated the select committee with contempt. The public wants answers and so does Labour. We will not rest until we have found out the truth behind Solid Energy’s collapse,” says Clayton Cosgrove.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Digital Evolution: Scoop Independent News Launches "Operation Chrysalis"

From today Scoop is beginning a process of public consultation with the political, business and civil society groups it has served for the past 15 and a half years.

"It is hoped that in time - with new leadership and increased community engagement - the chrysalis will incubate a new kind of Scoop, one which can sustainably continue Scoop's Mission 'to be an agent of positive change'", says Scoop Founder, Editor and Publisher Alastair Thompson.

"As big publishing shrivels, public participation in contributing and spreading news has grown. Scoop has evolved with this wave by providing an independent platform, committed to upholding democracy, providing a voice to all, and providing the public easy access to information about decisions which affect them." More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns:

Greens: CAA Airport Door Report Conflicts With Brownlee’s Claims

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through. More>>

ALSO:

TAIC: Final Report On Grounding Of MV Rena

Factors that directly contributed to the grounding included the crew:
- not following standard good practice for planning and executing the voyage
- not following standard good practice for navigation watchkeeping
- not following standard good practice when taking over control of the ship. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Pakistan Schoolchildren Killings

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and sections of the Taliban of the other… More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire:
The Politician’s Song

am a perfect picture of the modern politic-i-an:
I don’t precisely have a plan so much as an ambition;
‘Say what will sound most pleasant to the public’ is my main dictum:
And when in doubt attack someone who already is a victim More>>

ALSO:

Flight: Review Into Phillip Smith’s Escape Submitted To Government

The review follows an earlier operational review by the Department of Corrections and interim measures put in place by the Department shortly after prisoner Smith’s escape, and will inform the Government Inquiry currently underway. More>>

ALSO:

Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

ALSO:

Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

ALSO:

Other Report:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news